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The Unpopular Opinion: Goodfellas

Sep. 12, 2012by: Alex Maidy

THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

**** SOME SPOILERS ENSUE****

There are two genres that I resisted when I was younger: the gangster movie and the western.  I did not think that either really fit with my cinematic taste.  For a while, I was misguided in thinking that the only genre in which any originality could exist was horror since it posed no limits on itself.  Seeing how lackluster modern horror had become, I ventured into genres I had less exposure to.  Westerns grew on me and I have my fair share of favorites, but the gangster movie was still a difficult sell.  I can say today that I am a fan of the genre, but I still approach each picture hesitantly.

During my freshman year of high school, I discovered Martin Scorsese.  I had been taking a film class and was exploring directors that I had not seen many movies from, mostly because I was still a little young for the majority of R rated movies.  Scorsese had just released CASINO the prior year and KUNDUN was coming next.  I looked at his filmography and saw GOODFELLAS.  I had heard people talk about it and quote it but I wrote it off as a gangster movie and therefore not worth my time.  But, trying to widen my horizons, I gave it a shot.

I did not like GOODFELLAS.  In fact, I greatly disliked the movie and to this day cannot figure out why everyone thinks it is so great.  If I had to pick, I would take CASINO as Scorsese’s best mafia/gangster movie.  CASINO has everything that GOODFELLAS lacks.

GOODFELLAS is widely considered one of the best American movies of all time.  It falls on the AFI Top 100 list and was #2 in their Best Gangster Movies ranking (after THE GODFATHER).  It was nominated for all of the top Academy Awards and ushered in the Martin Scorsese that we all recognize, stylistically.  Everything from the narration to the framing of the shots has been imitated for the past two decades.  BLOW, with Johnny Depp, follows the same structure as GOODFELLAS, complete with voice-over narration, and in a lot of ways succeeds where GOODFELLAS fails.

Let’s start with the biggest problem: Ray Liotta.  Now, I love Ray Liotta.  In fact, he was vastly overlooked for an Oscar nomination for BLOW.  Here, we are following him as a young upstart as he climbs the ladder to gangster and beyond.  Liotta is good in the movie, but he is a boring character.  You could have put any number of actors in the same role and they still would have been overshadowed by Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci who give a pair of their best performances.  Maybe that is why CASINO worked better for me.  In CASINO, De Niro and Pesci and the main attraction and nothing draws attention away from their characters.  GOODFELLAS feels from beginning to end as if it is following the wrong character.  Look back at the awards GOODFELLAS was nominated for and you will see all of the acclaim for De Niro, Pesci, and Lorraine Bracco but not a single one for Ray Liotta.

Some of you will say that Scorsese intentionally had Liotta as more of an everyman character to allow the viewer to relate more with this underworld story.  But, Liotta is not every man.  He is a rat and an unreliable person who essentially rats on his friends to save his own ass.  Cinema is full of unsympathetic characters, but Henry Hill is just a waste.  Yes, GOODFELLAS is based on a non-fiction book by Nick Pileggi, so there are constraints to changing how a real person acted for movie purposes, but BLOW and DONNIE BRASCO are two fine crime films that didn’t have very nice guys as the main character and yet you still were interested in the story and their eventual fates.

Scorsese has had a very wide range of films in the last twenty years.  GOODFELLAS was the start of his renaissance as all his movies before it felt like a director still trying to find his true niche.  TAXI DRIVER, RAGING BULL, MEAN STREETS, THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST; all of these movies have qualities to them that make them wholly distinct from Scorsese’s filmography beginning with GOODFELLAS.  If you take any film released after it, they share a similar cinematic quality and a detachment from the main character.  THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, THE DEPARTED, GANGS OF NEW YORK, HUGO, SHUTTER ISLAND, and KUNDUN are all vastly different from one another and yet they all feel like the visual result of what clicked with Scorsese during GOODFELLAS.

That, however, makes GOODFELLAS the first draft rather than a masterpiece.  Scorsese nailed the soundtrack with the movie but everything else feels unfinished.  The pacing from the first half of the movie is perfect and the second half feels rushed.  I know many of you will comment and say the second half is rushed to match the drug-addled mindset of Henry Hill, but that is just an excuse.  GOODFELLAS was Scorsese’s rebirth in Hollywood after a string of lackluster movies.  Operating under studio constraints for the first time, Scorsese had to abide by requests to change the ending of the film.  Once the acclaim rolled in, he became the director we know today.  No one would dare take away final edit from him now, but during GOODFELLAS, he was not in full control.  When it came time to make CASINO, he was able to make whatever movie he wanted.  CASINO was a full 30 minutes longer than GOODFELLAS and yet the two films feel just as long.  Where GOODFELLAS was forced to be rushed, CASINO has a sprawling tale that spans a large amount of time and yet nothing feels out of place or edited haphazardly.

If you think back to the best parts of GOODFELLAS, you likely are quoting Joe Pesci or Robert De Niro.  If so, those scenes were probably ad-libbed.  The “funny, like a clown” scene was fully the creation of Joe Pesci, based on an actual story from his life, which the director worked into the movie.  Scorsese had the actors deliver their best original dialogue and then went back and incorporated the best bits into the script.  That is likely why both actors are so commonly associated with this movie: they actually became their characters and lent life and originiality to what was apparently lacking in the original script.  Outside of dialogue, you probably remember the amazing tracking shot through the Copacabana nightclub that became the signature shot from the movie.  This was not planned but rather the result of circumstance since Scorsese could not get permission to enter through the front door.  It is these moments of circumstance that can happen on a set and completely lend something fresh to a movie.  The world of cinema is better off having these moments committed to celluloid, but moments on their own do not make a movie great.

GOODFELLAS deserves respect and has earned recognition, but in my opinion it is vastly overrated.  I watched the film again in preparation to write this after not having seen it for a few years and my view remains unchanged.  This is a prime example of a movie that should be recognized as a turning point in Scorsese’s career, but not the height of his achievement.  I ask you to go back and watch GOODFELLAS and CASINO back to back and tell me which is better.  You may be surprised by your own answer.

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2:27PM on 09/12/2012
Long pause.....

Me: Get the fuck out of here....Alex. HAHAHA

*tension breaks, everyone laughs*

Alex Maidy: Ya motherfucker! HAHAHA I almost had him, I almost had him. Ya stuttering prick ya. Frankie, was he shakin'? HAHAHAHA I wonder about you sometimes, TD. You may fold under questioning!

*Everyone laughs harder*

Me: You reallly ARE A FUNNY GUY!
Long pause.....

Me: Get the fuck out of here....Alex. HAHAHA

*tension breaks, everyone laughs*

Alex Maidy: Ya motherfucker! HAHAHA I almost had him, I almost had him. Ya stuttering prick ya. Frankie, was he shakin'? HAHAHAHA I wonder about you sometimes, TD. You may fold under questioning!

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Me: You reallly ARE A FUNNY GUY!
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2:28PM on 09/12/2012

Yup I agree.

Wow Alex, I thought my buddy and I were the only ones. I do think CASINO is superior in many ways as well. Of course I love GOODFELLAS but the acting and pacing in CASINO is far better not to mention a more fleshed out story.

GOODFELLAS is one of the greatest gangster movies ever made but CASINO is just a better overall film in my opinion.
Wow Alex, I thought my buddy and I were the only ones. I do think CASINO is superior in many ways as well. Of course I love GOODFELLAS but the acting and pacing in CASINO is far better not to mention a more fleshed out story.

GOODFELLAS is one of the greatest gangster movies ever made but CASINO is just a better overall film in my opinion.
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2:37PM on 09/12/2012
Couldn't disagree more. GOODFELLAS is as good as it gets--my favorite gangster film, my favorite Scorsese film, and my favorite film, period. I think this is an example of near cinematic perfection.
Couldn't disagree more. GOODFELLAS is as good as it gets--my favorite gangster film, my favorite Scorsese film, and my favorite film, period. I think this is an example of near cinematic perfection.
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2:54PM on 09/12/2012
I love it but GODFATHER - PART 2 in my opinion is the perfect gangster film.
I love it but GODFATHER - PART 2 in my opinion is the perfect gangster film.
2:39PM on 09/12/2012
There are two movies in this world I describe as being perfect. Every frame of film, word of dialog, musical cue, edit, etc. etc.

Raiders of the Lost Ark. And Goodfellas.
There are two movies in this world I describe as being perfect. Every frame of film, word of dialog, musical cue, edit, etc. etc.

Raiders of the Lost Ark. And Goodfellas.
2:42PM on 09/12/2012

Love CASINO

Goodfellas is a good movie, and I love Scorsese, but I definitely feel it's overrated and it's certainly not amongst my favorites of his. It's good, I appreciate it, but not one of my favorites and I probably won't ever be owning the blu-ray.
Goodfellas is a good movie, and I love Scorsese, but I definitely feel it's overrated and it's certainly not amongst my favorites of his. It's good, I appreciate it, but not one of my favorites and I probably won't ever be owning the blu-ray.
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2:58PM on 09/12/2012

Blow is Awful...

Blow stinks, but Casino is solid... both are measured by the movie Goodfellas is (which is fantastic).
Blow stinks, but Casino is solid... both are measured by the movie Goodfellas is (which is fantastic).
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3:06AM on 09/13/2012
woah woah woah woah woaaahhhh....watch your mouth when it comes to Blow. I'm a pretty hard to satisfy movie enthusiast and when Blow came out in 2000 (i believe) that movie turned heads(ignore the RT score of 55%, sorry its not the classic 91% or above). And I still show off that movie to this day. Great pacing, good acting, awesome [link] TRUE story! Thrilling, exciting, and it has something for everyone...rare to see these days; to have a high quality film that's not arthouse/indie or some
woah woah woah woah woaaahhhh....watch your mouth when it comes to Blow. I'm a pretty hard to satisfy movie enthusiast and when Blow came out in 2000 (i believe) that movie turned heads(ignore the RT score of 55%, sorry its not the classic 91% or above). And I still show off that movie to this day. Great pacing, good acting, awesome [link] TRUE story! Thrilling, exciting, and it has something for everyone...rare to see these days; to have a high quality film that's not arthouse/indie or some overrated fanboy flick....my advice: and I think I speak for everyone here, go watch it again and don't come back until you like it!
3:25PM on 09/12/2012
I didn't like Goodfellas the first time I saw it, and I don't remember why, but I just didn't like it. It was several years before I gave it a second chance and I enjoyed it more than the second time. I've since bought it on blu-ray and enjoy a screening of the movie every now and then. The characters are great, the story moves along better than I remember, and the violence is very stylized and handled well by Scorcese.
I didn't like Goodfellas the first time I saw it, and I don't remember why, but I just didn't like it. It was several years before I gave it a second chance and I enjoyed it more than the second time. I've since bought it on blu-ray and enjoy a screening of the movie every now and then. The characters are great, the story moves along better than I remember, and the violence is very stylized and handled well by Scorcese.
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3:50PM on 09/12/2012

Interesting...

While I think Goodfellas is an enjoyable film, if you were to compare it to Donnie Brasco....Goodfellas doesn't have a plot, while Donnie Brasco does. Henry Hill doesn't go through any obstacles, and we don't really see him change over the course of the film. On the other hand, in Donnie Brasco, the title character is cocky in the beginning because he thinks he's going to quickly take down the mob not knowing he will actually be sympathetic to one of the mobsters (i.e. Al Pacino's Lefty) and
While I think Goodfellas is an enjoyable film, if you were to compare it to Donnie Brasco....Goodfellas doesn't have a plot, while Donnie Brasco does. Henry Hill doesn't go through any obstacles, and we don't really see him change over the course of the film. On the other hand, in Donnie Brasco, the title character is cocky in the beginning because he thinks he's going to quickly take down the mob not knowing he will actually be sympathetic to one of the mobsters (i.e. Al Pacino's Lefty) and that his undercover work will affect his married life; Brasco's other obstacles is constantly checking himself so that his cover isn't blown. (Goodfellas has no obstacles, it is basically a rise and fall of a wannabe gangster--no obstacles, just turn of events that divert that rise).
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4:04PM on 09/12/2012

I'll agree on one thing...

Over the years "Casino" has become my favorite out of the two but to call "Goodfellas" vastly overrated is insanity. There would be no "Casino" or "Trainspotting", or "Boogie Nights", or "Soprano's" if this film had not been made. It's not the first draft its the damn milestone that inspired countless imitations not to mention several masterpieces. "Blow" is a superior film? That's like saying "Things to Do in Denver when your Dead" is superior to "Pulp Fiction". I think your opinion has been
Over the years "Casino" has become my favorite out of the two but to call "Goodfellas" vastly overrated is insanity. There would be no "Casino" or "Trainspotting", or "Boogie Nights", or "Soprano's" if this film had not been made. It's not the first draft its the damn milestone that inspired countless imitations not to mention several masterpieces. "Blow" is a superior film? That's like saying "Things to Do in Denver when your Dead" is superior to "Pulp Fiction". I think your opinion has been swayed by time, so many imitators can make you forget what was so fresh and gripping about a classic. I'm happy to say I haven't forgotten.
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5:09PM on 09/12/2012
GoodFellas is a fuckin masterpiece. Casino is great too, but doesn't touch GoodFellas. I just can't see how anyone could not like it, let alone love it.
GoodFellas is a fuckin masterpiece. Casino is great too, but doesn't touch GoodFellas. I just can't see how anyone could not like it, let alone love it.
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6:04PM on 09/12/2012
I literally looked to see if it was April 1st.
Whoever wrote this dribble should be tarred and feathered. Avatard and feathered.
I literally looked to see if it was April 1st.
Whoever wrote this dribble should be tarred and feathered. Avatard and feathered.
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5:17PM on 09/12/2012
Shut your whore mouth!
Shut your whore mouth!
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6:03PM on 09/12/2012
Totally.
Totally.
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5:20PM on 09/12/2012
LOL.

You can not be fucking serious? Joblo please stop these "articles", for someone to say they do not like Goodfellas is just asinine. I am sorry, again I reiterate these so-called "articles" I swear are merely here to push our buttons.
LOL.

You can not be fucking serious? Joblo please stop these "articles", for someone to say they do not like Goodfellas is just asinine. I am sorry, again I reiterate these so-called "articles" I swear are merely here to push our buttons.
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5:28PM on 09/12/2012
It's hard not go off on someones opinion but sometimes it just gets to ridiculous . Goodfellas has aged so well i can watch over and over again. It may not be the MOST important movie ever, but this movie for me is perfection in every single frame. Every time this is in tv i'm just I'll wait till the how am i funny scene, orHenry beats the shit out of that guy with his gun, or the cocobana scene, or the sunshine of your love/Layla scene by that time i can just finish it to one of the best
It's hard not go off on someones opinion but sometimes it just gets to ridiculous . Goodfellas has aged so well i can watch over and over again. It may not be the MOST important movie ever, but this movie for me is perfection in every single frame. Every time this is in tv i'm just I'll wait till the how am i funny scene, orHenry beats the shit out of that guy with his gun, or the cocobana scene, or the sunshine of your love/Layla scene by that time i can just finish it to one of the best editing sequences of all time. So many classic scenes, this is a true Scorsese film, I remember I made my friend watch this film, and all he could say was that film looked extremely hard to make. Ill take that
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5:29PM on 09/12/2012

Never thought this day would come...

Maybe it's the fact that I'm Italian and grew up in New York, and that most of the background characters look like friend of the family who were around for every BBQ/gathering. I never thought the day would come when I would read a negative review of my all time favorite movie. I don't understand how you can not like Goodfellas the same way I can't understand how anyone could not like Forrest Gump, or Back to the Future, Alex, I'm not sure how many times you've seen the movie, but I would urge
Maybe it's the fact that I'm Italian and grew up in New York, and that most of the background characters look like friend of the family who were around for every BBQ/gathering. I never thought the day would come when I would read a negative review of my all time favorite movie. I don't understand how you can not like Goodfellas the same way I can't understand how anyone could not like Forrest Gump, or Back to the Future, Alex, I'm not sure how many times you've seen the movie, but I would urge you to give it another shot. I'm finding that even after my 3, 279 viewing, I'm still finding new things to love about this film.
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5:52PM on 09/12/2012
I usually agree with a lot of the unpopular opinion columns because I found the same issues with many of the films covered...BUT you've lost your mind on this one....Of course there are better gangster films, but this one ranks on par with any of the best...Lost your fu*#ing mind!!!!
I usually agree with a lot of the unpopular opinion columns because I found the same issues with many of the films covered...BUT you've lost your mind on this one....Of course there are better gangster films, but this one ranks on par with any of the best...Lost your fu*#ing mind!!!!
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6:02PM on 09/12/2012

Ummm...

I'm fighting you in my mind right now. And you're losing.
Bad.
I'm fighting you in my mind right now. And you're losing.
Bad.
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6:03PM on 09/12/2012

Ummm...

I'm fighting you in my mind right now. And you're losing.
Bad.
I'm fighting you in my mind right now. And you're losing.
Bad.
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6:04PM on 09/12/2012

Ummm...

I'm fighting you in my mind right now. And you're losing.
Bad.
I'm fighting you in my mind right now. And you're losing.
Bad.
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6:44PM on 09/12/2012

I love GOODFELLAS.

Like most of the other people in the comments, I love GOODFELLAS. My only problem is that I find it hard to watch Pesci's character in the film given how despicable he is, but I guess that just makes the film more effective. TAXI DRIVER is his best film and RAGING BULL is a close second; GOODFELLAS is easily my third-favorite of his.
Like most of the other people in the comments, I love GOODFELLAS. My only problem is that I find it hard to watch Pesci's character in the film given how despicable he is, but I guess that just makes the film more effective. TAXI DRIVER is his best film and RAGING BULL is a close second; GOODFELLAS is easily my third-favorite of his.
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9:35PM on 09/12/2012
I think I agree with you with your list.
I think I agree with you with your list.
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6:46PM on 09/12/2012

Why?

No...just no. It's like ugh..... Forget it. I don't want to say hurtful things.
No...just no. It's like ugh..... Forget it. I don't want to say hurtful things.
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7:24PM on 09/12/2012

You shouldn't have...

You shouldn't have even chose this movie to do the column on seeing you don't even like gangster movies. Stick with the genres you know & like & if you don't like a movie you would normally enjoy, then give your opinion. Stay away from gangster & western flicks for this column, therefore we don't have to try to wrap our heads around your idiotic thoughts.
You shouldn't have even chose this movie to do the column on seeing you don't even like gangster movies. Stick with the genres you know & like & if you don't like a movie you would normally enjoy, then give your opinion. Stay away from gangster & western flicks for this column, therefore we don't have to try to wrap our heads around your idiotic thoughts.
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8:07PM on 09/12/2012

So Off Base

The minute i saw the title of the movie, this writer lost all credibility. Ill keep that in mind before i click on any more of your "articles" Goodfellas has everything you want in a movie of this ilk Great characters, violence, humor, great script, EXCELLENT (on purpose) pacing. Most others covered here already so ill stop but whoever wrote this is out of their league. To each his own, but if you don't like Goodfellas, how can i trust your judgement on anything else?
The minute i saw the title of the movie, this writer lost all credibility. Ill keep that in mind before i click on any more of your "articles" Goodfellas has everything you want in a movie of this ilk Great characters, violence, humor, great script, EXCELLENT (on purpose) pacing. Most others covered here already so ill stop but whoever wrote this is out of their league. To each his own, but if you don't like Goodfellas, how can i trust your judgement on anything else?
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9:33PM on 09/12/2012

All Over the Place

This isn't a movie you can justify the same way you can disliking some films. You yourself admit those most memorable parts are well-done. Are you trying to say "Skip Goodfellas, watch Casino instead?" Are you saying we're wrong for holding it in high esteem? Or are you saying you just don't think it's that great. That's fine. But it doesn't make for a compelling review. When you can't put into words why the movie sucks, that's a problem.

I'll let it be known, while I love Goodfellas, I am
This isn't a movie you can justify the same way you can disliking some films. You yourself admit those most memorable parts are well-done. Are you trying to say "Skip Goodfellas, watch Casino instead?" Are you saying we're wrong for holding it in high esteem? Or are you saying you just don't think it's that great. That's fine. But it doesn't make for a compelling review. When you can't put into words why the movie sucks, that's a problem.

I'll let it be known, while I love Goodfellas, I am not in the camp that feels it was robbed at the Oscars, unless you make the case Kevin Costner didn't need TWO Oscars, because Dances With Wolves is a fine film in its own right. That's MY unpopular opinion.
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11:32PM on 09/12/2012

Yay for me!!!

I wanna give my self props for waiting several hours before I responded to your column (which officially 'Jumped the Shark Today')...
There are several things I would like to address, but won't bother because my fellow Schmoes have been spot on...
One thing I'd like to add: Your criticism of several signature scenes not being in the script/being the result of DeNiro & Pesci/being born out or necessity...
WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?!? The only thing that matters is the end result, whether
I wanna give my self props for waiting several hours before I responded to your column (which officially 'Jumped the Shark Today')...
There are several things I would like to address, but won't bother because my fellow Schmoes have been spot on...
One thing I'd like to add: Your criticism of several signature scenes not being in the script/being the result of DeNiro & Pesci/being born out or necessity...
WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?!? The only thing that matters is the end result, whether they were in the script and carefully planned or made up on the spot what is important is that they made it to the film and were awesome. How they got there has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE QUALITY OF THE FILM!!!
(See now I'm using all caps)
Anyway, I strongly disagree with your assessment and I do not think you made a solid argument (So what if you think Casino was better)...
Finally, instead of going with my initial reaction and lowering myself to juvenile taunts and excessive profanity I will simply leave you with this thought from Les Grossman in 'Tropic Thunder': "Now take a big step AND LITERALLY FUCK YOUR OWN FACE"!!!!
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12:00AM on 09/13/2012
The reason this column (and maybe even this website) exists is because we LOVE MOVIES and we love to discuss movies with other fans and non-fans alike. Some of my coolest moments with this site have been debating movies with others at film festivals and comic cons....it's all good. That said, GOODFELLAS is my favorite movie of all-time (arguably with a few others, of course), so I completely disagree with this review...and it's my website!! :) All good. We should all be able to discuss films
The reason this column (and maybe even this website) exists is because we LOVE MOVIES and we love to discuss movies with other fans and non-fans alike. Some of my coolest moments with this site have been debating movies with others at film festivals and comic cons....it's all good. That said, GOODFELLAS is my favorite movie of all-time (arguably with a few others, of course), so I completely disagree with this review...and it's my website!! :) All good. We should all be able to discuss films and differences of opinion without "losing it" on others because they simply disagree with us. I love Scorsese but always thought CASINO was a retread of GOODFELLAS, as was BLOW and BOOGIE NIGHTS... ;)
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12:00PM on 09/13/2012
Completely behind you on this one. I might and do disagree with most of what the writer has said here. But it always a great idea to allow a forum for dissenting opinions. Specially with a topic like movies, where the better they are the more likely they are to bring out several different viewpoints.
Completely behind you on this one. I might and do disagree with most of what the writer has said here. But it always a great idea to allow a forum for dissenting opinions. Specially with a topic like movies, where the better they are the more likely they are to bring out several different viewpoints.
10:20AM on 09/13/2012
Thank you! I agree completely. This is one of my favorite columns on the site, even when I disagree completely with the article (as I do today). Dissenting opinions are [link] I like to have my ideas challenged.
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12:33AM on 09/13/2012
Exactly.
Exactly.
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3:07AM on 09/13/2012

@ginopags

woah woah woah woah woaaahhhh....watch your mouth when it comes to Blow. I'm a pretty hard to satisfy movie enthusiast and when Blow came out in 2000 (i believe) that movie turned heads(ignore the RT score of 55%, sorry its not the classic 91% or above). And I still show off that movie to this day. Great pacing, good acting, awesome [link] TRUE story! Thrilling, exciting, and it has something for everyone...rare to see these days; to have a high quality film that's not arthouse/indie or some
woah woah woah woah woaaahhhh....watch your mouth when it comes to Blow. I'm a pretty hard to satisfy movie enthusiast and when Blow came out in 2000 (i believe) that movie turned heads(ignore the RT score of 55%, sorry its not the classic 91% or above). And I still show off that movie to this day. Great pacing, good acting, awesome [link] TRUE story! Thrilling, exciting, and it has something for everyone...rare to see these days; to have a high quality film that's not arthouse/indie or some overrated fanboy flick....my advice: and I think I speak for everyone here, go watch it again and don't come back until you like it!
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3:50AM on 09/13/2012
I generally don't agree with this column, it seemed to me that the writers were trying too hard to be different, to be controversial for the sake of cool. It was less unpopular opinion and more 'what good movie can we put down for the sake of it'.
But folks, you have nuked the fridge.
Goodfellas is simply a classic film, worthy of the praise it receives and awards it garnered.

And while I really like Casino, no way is it better than Goodfellas.

I generally don't agree with this column, it seemed to me that the writers were trying too hard to be different, to be controversial for the sake of cool. It was less unpopular opinion and more 'what good movie can we put down for the sake of it'.
But folks, you have nuked the fridge.
Goodfellas is simply a classic film, worthy of the praise it receives and awards it garnered.

And while I really like Casino, no way is it better than Goodfellas.

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11:31AM on 09/13/2012

I disagree, but so what :)

I loved Goodfellas, but hated The Godfather. So what impact does that have on anyone's life? Zilch, and no use fighting over it. Movies are art forms...who in their right mind expects anyone to walk through an art museum and enjoy EXACTLY the same pieces as you like?

So anyway, interesting article, and all I can think after reading it is : You just didn't like Goodfellas. C'est la vie!

Keep running these articles!
I loved Goodfellas, but hated The Godfather. So what impact does that have on anyone's life? Zilch, and no use fighting over it. Movies are art forms...who in their right mind expects anyone to walk through an art museum and enjoy EXACTLY the same pieces as you like?

So anyway, interesting article, and all I can think after reading it is : You just didn't like Goodfellas. C'est la vie!

Keep running these articles!
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5:58PM on 09/13/2012
lol.
lol.
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3:25AM on 09/14/2012

tip for joblo

dear joblo,pls do some research abt the movies u post in this column.if u wanna show faults in a classic film,read abt that film in 100thingsilearned.com and hate reviews from critics and user reviews in imdb.pointout some plot holes.so that we could learn something abt that classic film and it justifies ur unpopular opinion too
dear joblo,pls do some research abt the movies u post in this column.if u wanna show faults in a classic film,read abt that film in 100thingsilearned.com and hate reviews from critics and user reviews in imdb.pointout some plot holes.so that we could learn something abt that classic film and it justifies ur unpopular opinion too
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7:18PM on 09/14/2012
This fucking guy.
This fucking guy.
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2:15PM on 03/15/2013
Thought this movie was highly overrated, but I haven't seen it since I was in highschool, so maybe I'll like it now that I'm older!
Thought this movie was highly overrated, but I haven't seen it since I was in highschool, so maybe I'll like it now that I'm older!
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8:13AM on 10/24/2013
This is so off base of reeks of trying to hard that it's not even funny.
This is so off base of reeks of trying to hard that it's not even funny.
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1:26AM on 06/03/2014
I watch this film not to long ago. To see what was so great about it. After watching it hardly remember anything except the endless bloodbath. Then i watched Raging Bull. And it was a like a breath of fresh air. The Characters in Goodfella fell flat. Where the characters in Raging Bull felt 3 dimensional. I can only think that Goodfellas is Martin Scorsese most overrated film. Is because its more Entertaining than his other movies like Raging Bull. Even one i've talk to how love that film have
I watch this film not to long ago. To see what was so great about it. After watching it hardly remember anything except the endless bloodbath. Then i watched Raging Bull. And it was a like a breath of fresh air. The Characters in Goodfella fell flat. Where the characters in Raging Bull felt 3 dimensional. I can only think that Goodfellas is Martin Scorsese most overrated film. Is because its more Entertaining than his other movies like Raging Bull. Even one i've talk to how love that film have seen it multiple times. But for me Raging Bull had a better story and more fully developed characters.
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